News Worth Noting: Groundbreaking on Sacto wastewater treatment plant upgrade; EPA awards $467,000 brownsfields grant to Solano County Water Agency; Delta Levee Investment Strategy EIR; EPA’s new definition of “Waters of the US”

SRCSDlogo_NameTag&ID_vF1Sacramento: Local Dignitaries Break Ground on Massive Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades:One of the largest public works projects in the Sacramento region’s history officially broke ground Thursday, as the $2 billion upgrade to the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant was launched before a gathering of local dignitaries and elected officials.  The event marked the start of construction for the massive EchoWater Project, which will bring the Sacramento region’s wastewater treatment plant to tertiary treatment levels and produce cleaner water for discharge to the Sacramento River, as well as additional future water recycling opportunities.  In 2010, the State of California mandated Regional San meet new water quality requirements, including removal of ammonia and nitrates, filtration, and enhanced disinfection, due to concerns about potential impacts to the Delta ecosystem. ... ”  Read more here: EchoWater_Groundbreaking_Press_Release

epa-logoEPA announces $1.6 billion in Clean Water Act funds to upgrade Sacramento’s regional wastewater treatment plant:Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld announced a record $1.6 billion in Clean Water Act State Revolving Funds – the largest single block of financing ever issued – to upgrade the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Mr. Blumenfeld announced the loan award at a groundbreaking event for the treatment plant in Elk Grove, California. The project will bring the wastewater plant to advanced treatment levels, removing nearly 95 percent of ammonia from wastewater discharges to protect the Sacramento River and San Francisco Bay Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary. “California’s economic security depends on a healthy Bay Delta, the largest and most important estuary on the West Coast,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “EPA’s Clean Water Act State Revolving Funds are a key investment in clean water infrastructure to protect this precious resource.”... ”  Read more from the EPA here:  EPA announces $1.6 billion in Clean Water Act funds to upgrade Sacramento’s regional wastewater treatment plant

epa-logoEPA awards $467,000 brownfields grant to Solano County Water Agency:The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Solano County Water Agency, in collaboration with the Westside Sacramento Integrated Water Management Group, will receive $467,378 in federal grant funds to assess contamination from abandoned mines in Lake, Napa, Solano, and Yolo counties, Calif. This coalition of counties are among 147 communities nationwide receiving funding to assess and clean up historically contaminated properties, also known as brownfields, for reuse and development.  “EPA is committed to helping communities strengthen their local economy by cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties – places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are needed most,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Solano County Water Agency and their coalition partners will use these funds to address abandoned mine properties that may be reused for open space, trails, and habitat restoration.” … ”  Read more from the EPA here:  EPA awards $467,000 brownfields grant to Solano County Water Agency

Delta Stewardship Council new logoDelta Levee Investment Strategy EIR Notice of Preparation Filed, Two public scoping meetings scheduled: On May 28, 2015 the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) filed with the State Clearinghouse a Notice of Preparation (NOP). The Council intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the update to the Delta Levee Investment Strategy Policy (DLIS Policy) and will hold two public scoping meeting to receive comments on the scope and content of the EIR.   To review the cover letter to the State Clearinghouse and the NOP itself, please click here.  Members of the public and public agencies are invited to provide comments in writing as to the scope and content of the EIR. Due to the limits mandated by State law, the responses must be sent no later than the close of the 30-day NOP review period at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. To review more specifics about drafting comments, please review the cover letter by clicking here.”  The two public meetings are scheduled for June 30th in West Sacramento and in Stockton.

allen matkinsEPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Approve New Definition of “Waters of the United States:The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that they have jointly approved a new definition of the key term “waters of the United States,” a term that defines the limits of federal jurisdiction over surface waters under the Clean Water Act and several other federal laws. The rule containing the new definition will become effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register, which typically occurs within a week or so of the agencies’ public announcement of a new rule. Read the 297-page rule here.   The agencies announced the new rule after several years of wrestling with this regulatory definition, which establishes the scope of federal wetlands permitting authority, federal discharge limitations, and other important programs. EPA and the Corps assert in the preamble to the rule that this new definition is “narrower” than the existing regulatory definition, and that “fewer waters will be defined as ‘waters of the United States'” than under existing regulations. In the debate leading up to today’s announcement, however, a variety of affected parties – landowners, developers, farmers, manufacturers and others – have argued that the agencies’ effort to redefine “waters of the United States” will lead to a broadening of federal jurisdiction. … ”  Read more from Allen Matkins here: EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Approve New Definition of “Waters of the United States”


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